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addaword.gifdefinition of cachexia

adverb
weight loss and general weakness caused by chronic disease
Apparently dieting is useless for weight loss because we're naturally selected to survive famine. We can lose a chunk once in a lifetime, but the body cunningly adjusts to this self-induced cachexia and the next time we try, it simply won't work.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 18/01/2012 14:09:00
Definition of cachexia from the Open Dictionary – a public resource hosted by Macmillan English Dictionary Online

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